Detroit Lions defensive tackle suspended 6 games for drug violation

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DETROIT - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Khyri Thornton will miss the start of the 2017 season.

Statement from the NFL:

Khyri Thornton of the Detroit Lions has been suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Thornton will be eligible to return to the Lions’ active roster on Monday, October 16 following the team’s October 15 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Thornton is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Thornton is entering his fourth NFL year, third with Detroit. He started 6 games for Detroit in 2016.

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